The Australian Cricket Association and the players have finally reached an agreement on the Pay dispute that occurred months ago. Over 230 cricketers both men and women were unemployed because of the previous pay deal that expired on June 30. After 10 months of negotiations between the sport's national administration and the union, the players are set to get a pay raise, to maintain a revenue-sharing model.
The Australian Cricket Association were under high scrutiny from the players and the people as there was no attempt to resolve this delicate situation. Former players such as Glen Mcgrath, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie and many other legends took to the matter with the utmost concern as the Board was making no attempts to resolve the issue between the association and the players.
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland and Australian Cricketers' Association leader Alistair Nicholson held a joint news conference on August 3 to outline an "in-principle" 5-year agreement that gives players up to a 30 percent share of agreed revenue, estimated to be up to 500 million Australian dollars ($400 million).
The Australian cricket team nearly boycotted the two-test tour to Bangladesh because of the unresolved issue. Even the ashes tour was uncertain as Steve Smith and his men were reluctant to play unless the matter is taken into serious consideration by the ACA. With the matter now resolved, the play can go on as it was before.
The new pay deal is not just a win for the Ashes series, but also for the future of Women's cricket which has been lauded as the biggest pay rise in women's sport.
With the Pay disputes, chapter comes to an end, the Australians can now resume their tours and matches as the boys in yellow and green celebrate on social media.